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MU Extension Insider
August 15, 2012


In the news

Upcoming events

Coming and going


MU Extension Insider is published on the first and 15th of the month by the MU Cooperative Media Group. Send feedback and comments to Karen Dickey.

In the news

Drought impacts livestock and meat prices

Scott Brown seen on NBC Nightly News

The livestock industry is taking a direct hit by this summer’s drought, and that will impact consumers’ wallets next year, says Scott Brown, University of Missouri agricultural economist.



This video news story reported by Kent Faddis, from MMM-UUUUUUUU.

See also: Related print article by Randy Mertens.


2012 county clerical award winners

The University of Missouri Extension annual County Clerical Staff Recognition Awards honor MU Extension support staff members who exhibit outstanding performance with MU Extension and county extension councils. Congratulations to the following office support staff members who received honors for their contributions to the MU Extension mission and service to their communities.

Senior Clerical Award

  1. Jane Epstein, EC, St. Francois County
  2. Darlene Kraus, CM, Cooper County
  3. Jonetta Shaver, SC, Wright County

Junior Clerical Award

  1. Becky Wogoman, SW, Barry County
  2. Kathi Hatleback, NW, Atchison County
  3. Kim Lambeth, SC, Laclede County

Rookie of the Year Award

  1. Amanda Tempel, WC, Johnson County
  2. Katie Hamilton, CM, Carroll County
  3. Barbara Simpson, SC, Oregon County

Use of Technology Award

  1. Carol Grote, EC, St. Charles County
  2. Marti Everett, WC, Platte County
  3. Judi Swank, WC, Vernon County

More information on the awards is available online at:


Spirit Spark!

By Lynda Zimmerman, nutrition and health education specialist

In the Aug. 1 Insider, “Spirit Spark!” provided many great ideas to help improve our extension office environment. Have you thought about or used any of them?

We often put off these types of projects until a “slow time” comes. But one program or event blends into the next and before we know it, years can pass by. Only then, there is more to clean, organize and declutter than before.  

The Extension S.O.S. (Spark Our Space) contest, brought to you by Team Spirit, encourages everyone to take the time NOW to make some simple improvements that will help improve clients’ impressions of your University of Missouri Extension office, as well as increase the productivity and enjoyment of those who work there.

The office members showing the greatest “spark” from changes in their office space will receive special recognition at the 2012 Fall Conference. See the Extension S.O.S. flyer for additional information and guidelines. Entries are due Sept. 24.

Why not start today?


Jeanetta wins award

Steve Jeanetta (left), community development specialist, and Brent Hales, president of the Community Development Society.

Congratulations to Steve Jeanetta, MU community development specialist, who received the Community Development Society's 2012 Ted K. Bradshaw Outstanding Research Award from Brent D. Hales, president, at the group’s annual conference July 21-25 in Cincinnati. The award was in recognition of his outstanding research with MU Cambio Center collaborators on Asset Accumulation Strategies in Three New Settlement Communities.


Mediterranean diet tour to Greece

Candy Gabel, MU Extension HES assistant program director, recently led a class of students and faculty to Greece to study the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet and a physically active lifestyle.  Students joined field trips, site visits, lectures, food preparation, tours and group discussions.  Guided hikes explored the wild edible floras that shape the traditional diet on the island of Crete. Other experiences included visits to fresh food markets in Crete and Athens, olive oil and wine production tours and traditional food preparations and tastings.  The trip culminated with lectures from researchers at the University of Athens that focused on the Mediterranean diet and longevity and traditional foods.  The course will be offered again May 20 – June 1, 2013.


Upcoming events

MU Extension to Celebrate College Colors Day Aug. 31 

Spread the word.  Decorate your MU Extension county office with black and gold on Friday, Aug. 31.  Win prizes, have fun and tell everyone that you are a part of Mizzou.

“That’s MU Extension’s reminder to Tiger fans across the state to mark their calendars for national College Colors Day,” says Catherine Comley, director of development.  “The annual celebration, always held the Friday before Labor Day, coincides with the start of the fall semester and the kick-off of the college football season.  The event provides the opportunity for county extension offices to promote Mizzou and all it has to offer by decorating their offices and wearing black and gold throughout the day.”

The MU Tigers open their football season the next day when they play Southeastern Louisiana at home; kickoff is 6 p.m.

Here’s what Mizzou fans need to do on Friday, Aug. 31:

Pictures tell a thousand words – the judging team will award prizes to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place extension offices. 

Prior to Aug. 31, each county extension office will receive a bag of Mizzou items that might help you decorate – and most certainly will be a way to promote MU.

Questions?  Contact Catherine Comley


Fee-generation workshops set

Workshops have been scheduled to explain additional functionality and updates to the Fee Generation Worksheet-Online Tool. Register through ISE for the following workshop dates:

Date Time
8/16/2012 10-11 a.m.
9/18/2012 2-3 p.m.
10/22/2012 10-11 a.m.


Other dates to remember

Aug. 31:UMEA awards nominations due. Nomination materials can be found on the UMEA website: Award materials should be submitted electronically to Randa Doty (

Sept. 1: Third quarter Extension Quarterly Teamwork Award applications are due to Beverly Coberly

Sept. 10: Eat for Life 10-week program with Dr. Lynn Rossy, Healthy for Life, 205 Heinkel Building.  Your registration form must be returned by Sept. 10.  The cost is $50 and $25 is refunded with full participation. For more information contact; Blog:; Facebook:; Twitter:

Sept. 14: Epsilon Sigma Phi awards due. According to Vera Massey, ESP awards committee chair, ESP has 17 different awards available to recognize extension colleagues or friends of extension:

Sept. 15: CANCELLED - Susan Mills-Gray reports the Team Spirit/UMEA Extension Game with Tiger Football for Sept. 15, has been cancelled due to changes in the non-conference football schedule as a result of the Missouri Tigers’ move to the SEC.  The organizing committee appreciates your patience in this matter and looks forward to working toward hosting this event in 2013.

Sept. 18: Non-Tenure Track Dossier workshop – Question and Answer.  For questions regarding the NTT process, contact Marcia Shannon ( or Nicki Eatinger-Sprague (, or visit the NTT website for more information:

Oct. 29-31: 2012 Extension Annual Conference


Coming and going

Please welcome

Anastasiia Kucher, research and evaluation coordinator, Business Development Program.

Brenda Knipp, nutrition program assistant serving Moniteau County

Sarah Sims, nutrition program assistant serving Callaway County.

Idalia McNulty, nutrition program associate, EFNEP EC-Region.

Twanna Martin, nutrition program associate, EFNEP EC-Region.

Ashley Henry, nutrition program associate, EFNEP EC-Region.

Peggy Milford, nutrition program associate, EFNEP EC-Region.

Sandra Vantic, nutrition program associate, EFNEP EC-Region.

Katelyn Ryder, nutrition program associate, EFNEP EC-Region.

Anne Cecile Tompkins, nutrition program associate, EFNEP EC-Region.

Stacey Wideman, nutrition program associate, FNP EC-Region.

Emily Legion, nutrition program associate, FNP EC-Region.

Helen Boever, office support staff III, EC-Region.

Sarah Lynne Sims, nutrition program assistant, CM-Family Nutrition Program.

Gayla Hauck, office support staff II, Statewide BDP.


If you have items to include in future issues, please send them to Karen Dickey, Curt Wohleber, or Phil Leslie in the Cooperative Media Group. If you have questions, contact Mark Stillwell, CMG interim director.